The College National Finals Rodeo.Wearing his straw cowboy hat and wire-rimmed glasses and holding a clipboard, the Casper College rodeo coach was a constant presence in front of the bucking chutes at the Casper Events Center. Whether it was a red-vested Thunderbird or a contestant from another school sitting on top of a bronc or a bull, it didn’t matter to Parker.
He made sure each roughstock contestant knew when to ride and was there to answer any questions the cowboys or their coaches had. After each ride, it was Parker who would get the scores from the two officials in the arena and relay them to the scorekeeper at the announcing booth.
Las Vegas • Halfway through the $10 million Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Ryder Wright has done little wrong.National Junior High Finals Rodeo took place in Lebanon, Tennessee, where the nations top 6th, 7th, and 8th grade rodeo athletes battled it out for various championship titles.
An 18-year-old from Milford, Utah, who is competing in his first National Finals, Wright won the first four rounds in saddle bronc riding and moved into contention for the world championship.
A member of the famous Wright rodeo family, Ryder did not complete his ride in Round 5 on Monday night. But it has been his only misstep so far during the NFR.North American circuit, then RURAL RADIO channel 147, exclusively on SiriusXM, is your GO TO source with LIVE and delayed Western sports events from the PBR and the PRCA, plus coverage of the World Professional Chuckwagon Races, and the Canadian National Finals Rodeo.
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Thursday, Walters credited Parker with helping the CNFR find success in Casper.
“Tom has been such a pillar in the college rodeo community,” Walters said. “Casper College had a great standing before Tom, and when he was the coach he only enhanced what Casper College meant to the region and to college rodeo in general